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Looking Inside, February 2014

Current location
Looking Inside was just installed in the 3rd-floor mezzanine.

When did Looking Inside first come to the Montshire?
An early version of Looking Inside was developed in 1997 with the assistance of the Dartmouth Medical School Department of Radiology in honor of their 200th anniversary.

Why did the Montshire create this exhibit?
To let Museum visitors see real medical images.

Did you know?
Looking Inside was created by the Montshire exhibits department—twice! We started over when the technologies changed dramatically.

Favorite stories?
Montshire’s Exhibits Director Bob Raiselis remembers, "We received a cardboard box full of video tapes—the kind you put into your VCR at home—which had images of ultrasounds and MRIs. Joan Waltermire, the director of exhibits in 1997, and I created a computer interactive which allowed visitors to learn about various imaging technologies including X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI, and ultrasound."

Looking Inside was designed for more than one person to view the exhibit at the same time, allowing for conversations among members of a family about the medical images and terminology.

Fast forward to 2006. Great strides had been made in digital technologies for medical imaging and the exhibit needed updating. The Montshire received a grant from The MetLife foundation's Partnership for Intergenerational Learning to completely revamp the exhibit in collaboration with the medical school's radiology department. New images were added reflecting new technologies like 3-D ultrasound and panoramic dental X-rays. The visitor interface for the computer interactive was completely redone to take advantage of new display technologies and a larger monitor, and visitors are now able to learn about imaging technologies according to what parts of the body they were used on and what diseases they help to diagnose.

In addition, four new exhibit elements were added to the exhibit, allowing visitors to engage with some of the technologies in new ways—an X-ray guessing game lets visitors guess what the object had been X-rayed; a set of real X-rays are displayed on a viewer; images of artificial joints are on display along with a real artificial knee and artificial hip; and a plastic replica of a human skeleton is on display to allow visitors to study it along with the images in the computer interactive.

Have you tried this?
Try the interactives and make discoveries about medical imaging. Get an "inside view" of the human body.


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